Back at the end of last month, after finishing the American privateer Prince de Neufchatel, I was trying to decide what to work on next. I was in the storeroom looking through my nautical pile of shame (the boxes full of 3D printed ships and 1/1200 lead ships) when the Warlord Games Black Seas boxes caught my eye. Specifically the American Fleet box where I stored the three American super frigates: United States, President, and Constitution. While they are a bit on the over-large bulky side for the 1/700 scale, they are still lovely ship models. I decided that's what I would do next.
First a little about the kits. The United States and President are included with the Black Seas American Fleet pack from Warlord Games. The Constitution comes alone in it's own box. All three ships hulls are resin and the resin is very nice, not brittle at all, and easily drilled. The sprues are soft metal. This is fine for accessories but horrible for the masts. These are the instruction sheets that come with each model:USS United States: Notice that this is the only model that comes with quarter davit mounted boats. Unfortunately they don't fit properly and Mizzen ratlines cannot be fitted with them in place. Also there are no stern davits for the Captain's gig.
USS President: This model includes no stern davits at all either.
USS Constitution: While the stern davits and boat are included, the iconic quarter davits and boats are missing.
The soft metal masts in this photo are typical for all three models. They are completely unusable in my opinion. I first took measurements of each mast section. Then I cut them up, saving only the fighting platforms and the furled sails. One note about the fighting platforms: they are way over large compared to the Warlord generic third and even first rates. I saved them but will probably only use them on perhaps 1/450 scale 3rd rates.
|Top to bottom: Constitution, President, United States|
I decided to go with the original ochre yellow color used on these frigates throughout the War of 1812, rather than the later white stripe that everyone seems to use, regardless of the period.
|Front to back: Constitution, United States, President|
|I also noted that the stern of United States is nothing even close to the real frigate's stern as depicted in the many paintings of the ship.|
|The figureheads are nice and very detailed for this scale.|
Next step was to draw out the basic sails for all three ships.
That is it for this post. I chose USS United States for the first one of the three to work on. The next post will be for that ship. Thanks for visiting and comments are always welcome!